Musings Episode 40: Tighten Up…

Hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to partying it up this New Year’s Eve. This episodic musing is really more of a follow up from one I wrote a few weeks ago on clean slates…and it’s gonna get a bit serious.

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With the close of the year so closely upon us, I’m sure most of you are already making new year’s resolutions to knock off at the beginning of the year – I know a lot of my clients have, especially some of my fitness ones.

On the flip side, I also know that many new year’s resolutions are also broken shortly after the new year begins…I don’t want you guys to do that. Not my subscribers on this blog or my official site. I want you to understand that a new year’s resolution isn’t just something you write on a piece of paper – it’s a promise. A goal. An objective…to yourself. Something that should be followed through with and accomplished.

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This new year, I want you guys to tighten up, and stick to your guns – play the game out to the end, no matter what…because crossing things off a list you’ve set out to do is far more satisfactory than the 100 “what ifs” floating around in your head.

What do I mean by tighten up exactly?

Be a bit hard on yourself.

Take some responsibility. The same way you get up every morning and commit to brushing your teeth, getting a shower, and making it to work, I want you to do the same when it comes to your own goals. The same way you remember your kid’s birthday, your anniversary, and buying gifts for loves ones (or even that “surprise Santa” office junk) I want you to do the same thing with your goals. You owe it to yourself.

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The same way a fitness consultant is with their clients is or a drill sergeant is with their soldiers, I want you to be with yourself.

It’s a sense of obligation you should feel.

If a dying man diagnosed with cancer can attempt to cross off his list all the things he’d wish he’d done, you can too.

Because really, not to get dark but every day, humans are dying.

Time is non-refundable.

It’s up to you, and you only to make the decision to turn those minutes into minutes of LIFE.

Unless you’re under 18 or in diapers, you’re completely responsible for yourself. You have no excuse.

…which brings me to another point – there are kids out there who have to fend for themselves, even under 18 – if they can do it, you sure as fuck can do it too.

Don’t just survive. THRIVE.

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I want you to understand every single person has two potentials:

To be a WINNER.

Or a complete fucking loser.

The choice is yours.

Life doesn’t have to have sacrifices.

The only sacrifice is allowing the time to build your ideal life instead of settling.

…and really – that’s not a sacrifice at all.

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So tighten up, get your shit together, and knock out whatever goals it is you’re planning this year.

If it’s to lose 10 pounds, do it.

If it’s to start your own business, do it.

Fuck, if it’s to get yourself a new car without getting yourself in debt, fucking do it.

Just make a decision and stick with it.

I want you all to succeed so badly I feel it in my fucking TEETH.

…but I can’t force you to do shit – you’ve gotta do it yourself.

So choose.

The decision is yours.

But whatever decision you make – make sure you have no regrets.

I started this blog because I had a message to share, along with valuable information and insight.

I started this blog to let people know that they have WAY MORE potential than they give themselves credit for.

YOU have more potential than you give yourself credit for.

You do.

You really. Fucking. Do.

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Get out there and be something for yourself.

And as always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: 3 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve and Bring in the New Year Right…

The New Year. A time for friends, family, and lovers. Depending on where you’re at in the world, any one of the three of those categories are placed on a higher importance scale than the others. Sometimes, if you’re close with all 3, it can be a real mission trying to figure out how to split up your New Year’s Eve…or other times, you may just not have a bloody clue where to start with any of them in general.

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New Year’s Eve is a time of the year where you bring in a new mark of time; a different, refreshing world, full of new opportunities and the anticipation of starting with a clean slate. It’s something that when celebrated, you really want to celebrate right – unforgettable, as you would any other major holiday or even birthdays.

I really hope everyone had an excellent Christmas, and got a chance to see The Wolf of Wall Street. An insanely epic movie, if you haven’t already or maybe just haven’t heard of it I recommend checking out now. It’s the best acting of Leonardo DiCaprio I’ve seen since The Great Gatsby and Django.

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Taking into consideration you’re probably lining up for New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d take the time out to write up this great list of activities to do – from low key to party hard, there’s bound to be something for you to get out there (or stay in) and do while making your New Year’s Eve one to remember. Enjoy.

3 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve and Bring in the New Year Right…

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The Playbook.

The Friends. – It’s about time you and a few of your friends started learning about The Parliament…as in, the Champagne Bar. I recommend checking out “The Sky Room.” A place for who they so affectionately call “Lords and Ladies,” Parliament is filled with 5 bars and over 30 tables, decked out with enormous 15 foot chandeliers, and 100″ projection screens. Carefully thought out attention to detail in seating, lighting, and heck, even wall detail, this place was designed for class and nothing less.

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Push through the massive mahogany doors and you’ll quickly realize the aim for Parliament was for it to be a mix between Old English class and American sophistication. Though new and exclusive to Chicago, this is the perfect place to hit up on NYE. In saying that….haul ass and get your tickets now for their New Year’s Eve bash, if they haven’t sold out already.

The Lover. – Let’s say you want something a little more low key though…something more intimate more, one-on-one. 2013’s been a good year to you, and you find yourself going steady with someone…or *shrugs* you know, you met them last week. I’m not one to judge. New Year’s Eve is only a few days away and now you find yourself trying to either make a memorable experience, or a great first impression. What’s a place where you can play it safe and knock out both, no matter how heavy the commitment? Michael Mina 74.

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Take your pick in cozying up to the bar while you and your date wait for drinks, or if you’re with your S.O. get more intimate by enjoying the view of the bar from luxurious leather banquettes. Averse to the “sterile” look many upscale restaurants offer, Michael Mina has a warm and inviting feel to it…and if you’ve learned anything, when your mission is to get close with someone – setting is key.

You can book a private room or make simple reservations. With an extensive dinner and late night menu, there’s no worry of that special one-on-one moment or sinfully deep conversation being interrupted – well, okay maybe the last part may be a pinch interrupted…when you both find it’s suddenly past midnight and hear the epic sounds of legendary DJs and suddenly feel the sense of even more intimacy as the lights slowly dim.

Order up the Tempura Maitake Mushrooms, American Wagyu Beef Skewers, a couple Rule #237’s (that’s a drink, by the way), throw in a pair of Michael’s Margaritas, and prepare to watch the night unfold into one of the best New Year’s Eves you’ve had in a while.

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The Family. Time for some good clean fun. Fireworks are probably the one thing that still fascinates people since childhood. Whether they remind you of Disney World as a kid or maybe some other special occasion or holiday, they’re still a time tested way to represent and symbolize a big celebration.

If you so happen to be anywhere near the San Francisco area on New Year’s Eve, be sure to check out San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show. The rundown? Being held at the Embarcadero Center, the show’s gonna be a waterfront gig, starting at precisely 11:59 p.m. – not a minute earlier, not a minute later. Prepare to watch in awe with family and loved ones as fireworks are launched from barges 1000 feet out in the bay, just south of the Ferry building near Pier 14, while snapping pictures/video galore as you stare on in amazement while the many colors light up the sky.

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The hot spots for the best view are gonna be south of Sinbad’s Restaurant, right along Embarcadero and just between Mission and Folsom Street. The best part? These guys are actually taking the time out to make sure the fireworks are synced to music played through mega speakers throughout Pier 14 to almost the Bay Bridge. Stay close to Pier 14 though, and you’ll hear the music loud and clear.

How’s that for bringing in the new year right?

Have a Happy New Year, as Rego’s Life looks to turn new pages with you in 2014.

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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“Be less curious…

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On the road to success, if you’ve got plans for your business ventures, with which you’re running with like mad, and people start bashing it – remember to focus on your plan, your idea, and nothing else. People who are always occupied with what other people have going for themselves are not always the most constructive or positive vibrations to be around.

While they’re minding your business, focus on your yours. Because often, someone who minds your business and tells you how to get a “real job” think of a “real career” and focus on the “real things” in life, more than they do their own – are not looking out for your best interest.

Happy Holidays.

Stay positive.

Stay focused.

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Musings Episode 39: I’m All In…

Was giving my computer a tune up the other day, organizing some files and programs, when I came across a game I hadn’t played in a while: PKR, a 3D poker game, UK based. Quite interesting to look through all the chips I’d racked up over the time I’d had the account.

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This got me thinking about a few things, how poker is one of those games where it’s all about taking emotion out of the equation, keeping your game tight and close…especially when the stakes get high. Reading people’s emotions or reactions, determining their next move (it’s even possible to do it online, with enough training), and both knowing and understanding when the time is right to play hard, go “all in.”

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In factoring all these disciplines and qualities in, you really have to admit, poker players are something to be admired – the same way you would in any given combat sport I respect the players better than me and try and learn from them. Poker is all about taking risks, while understanding the risks you’re taking aren’t really risks but instead pre-determined moves from a long string of organized and evaluative thinking.

When you think about it, the same principles apply to life. Not that every move is pre-determined, of course there are some unexpected variables and factors you never see that get thrown your way – but even then, it’s about relaxing, maintaining your composure, and through the thick of it all, thinking up and structuring a solution.

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I have a saying, “if you’re gonna talk about it, it better be to find a solution.” In other words, if you’ve encountered a negative situation or a problem in general, if you’re going to talk for hours about it, at least be talking about it to find a constructive solution. Otherwise, you’ve just wasted time in idle conversation.

Once you do find a solution or way to remedy whatever it is you’re dealing with, even if it’s not a problem but instead just another step towards your own success, you’ve gotta make it your business to avoid hesitation, hit the throttle and cross that checkpoint, make it to the finish line.

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You’ve gotta go “all in” when you not just think – but feel, know the time is right.

This is why I encourage people to play different games of all sorts, from board games to physical activity, especially Poker.

It takes patience. Discipline. Situational Awareness. Assessment. Raising the stakes at the right time, and raising them BIG…and as Kenny Rogers says, even knowing when to fold.

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Try out PKR this week, the account takes a few minutes to set up and they offer both simulation and real cash games. Trying out the game a few rounds will teach you about your own emotions, reactions, and instinctive reflexes in situations when things go south or get tense.

If you’ve already tried out a game similar to PKR, comment and share below, letting me know what it’s taught you.

As always…

Stay Awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: 12 Gifts for 12 Days of Christmas…

I know, this For The Weekenders is a bit late…but with good reason. With the holidays coming up and all, I thought I’d make this For The Weekenders…special. I’ve been doing some Christmas shopping the past week or so and have come across some great stuff that I personally would love to have and definitely consider buying. So here’s 12 gift ideas that’ll knock off any recipient’s socks…or stockings? Enjoy.

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#12. Complete Bar Tool Set – The Modern Mixologist. For The Mini Bar Enthusiasts. We all have that one friend…orders drinks we’ve never heard of, has the (not so) mini bar at home with enough gadgets and mixology utensils to make the best bar tender envious, and albeit all this, could still do with a few more “accessories”. This is where the Complete Bar Tool Set comes into play. Order up this and they’ll be thanking you past New Year’s day.

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#11. Personalized Leather Fly Swatter – Orvis. Nostalgia Rang; it Wants it’s Fly Swatter Back. This one may be more suited for your grandparents. Kids these days don’t understand the definition of bored.

When I was younger, before smart phones and PS3, there was NES, playing outside, and team sports…and when you really got bored or wanted milk and cookies – your grandparents handed you a fly swatter and shoved you outside (only me? Hm…). Either way, came across this nifty little thing and it brought back memories. Good as a gag gift, or for when you want to chase flies away from your picnic or barbecue with style.

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#10. Portland Merino Wool Polo – Finisterre UK. Even Warm Climates Get Cold at Some Point. Finisterre UK know this, hailing from Northern England, a place where beaches and moores are both visited. Stay warm in this during the winter months of a tropical locale, or remedy that “in between” comfort level of even the coldest climate’s summer days. They even took the time out to make the Polperro Jumper available for women as well – so go ahead, give them a round of applause.

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#9. Hunting Slingshot – Hella Slingshots. Bringing Back a Childhood Favorite. It’s odd how many things people used to play with as children no more than a few decades ago are now considered for adults only…can’t even find candy cigarettes in the store anymore. *Shrugs* oh well – for that child in all of us, Hella Slingshots came up with the brilliant idea to bring back well, the slingshot. Except more sophisticated…refined. Downright classy. Straight out of San Francisco and handmade from Rosewood, this slingshot features a leather launch pouch, natural latex tubing and imitation sinew. Translation: built to last, for years to come. Perfect for that friend who always carried a slingshot in their back pocket. I recommend Hunting Slingshot #3.

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#8. Tetsubo War Club – Nihonzashi. For The History Enthusiasts…and history this thing has. Having previously lived in Japan, I just had to share this with you guys. Dating back to feudal Japan, and with the Kanabo associated to mythical Oni (Japanese demon), this is one for your mantle piece. Weighing in at over 10 lbs., this is no weapon to be messed with, but instead admired and respected. A special gift for someone you really “bro it up with” or care for in general, these are custom made to your specifications, making them all the more unique. This holiday, throw a little bit of history into someone’s den (like, for instance mine).

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#7. Black Tie Special Reserve Gold Hand Rolled Cigar Gift Box – London Cut Cigars. Because Any Cigar Gift Should Be Special…and special is what you’ll get with this extraordinarily luxurious gift box from London Cut Cigars. Dominican tobacco hand rolled in Connecticut shade wrapper, further rolled in 24K edible gold. Comes in a box that looks like one solid bar of gold, and of course a Black Tie Cigar Cutter. What sets this cigar gift box apart from the rest? When you smoke it, this cigar ashes gold. For those moments when you want a truly unforgettable smoking experience, London Cut Cigars is your go-to shop.

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#6. Tailor Made Wetsuit Bespoke 3/2 – Swamis Surf Shop. Everything’s Better Tailor Made. A wet suit is no exception. Anyone who surfs or dives understands and appreciates the benefits of a custom made, tailored wet suit, which provides for a better, more snug fit, more warmth, virtually zero water logging and water entrance, plus more. Great for yourself or someone you know who hits the beach just as much as you do.

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#5. Custom Made Surfboards. Speaking of Tailored, Why Not Add a Board to That, with Almond Surfboards & Designs. Nothing says “Happy Christmas” like a custom made to order Surfboard. These guys take the time out to get to know their customers, their wants, needs, then take that information and steer it toward making a quality board. Get one for yourself or that special someone now.

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#4. Shower Clean Suits – Konaka Japan. Sometimes suits can be a real….hassle. You’ve gotta make sure they’re properly maintained. They can’t just be thrown in the wash. If you get drunk one night out on the town and you’re dappered up, the last thing you want is waking up realizing someone threw you in a shower with your best threads on just to get you sober…but in the odd case that does happen, you won’t have to worry if you’ve got one of Konaka’s Shower Clean Suits handy. That is to say you can clean these suits – in the shower. Let that sink in…………….Neat, right? Yeah. Thought so. You’re welcome.

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One last thing – Konaka being a Japanese company and all, the site’s in, well, Japanese. Now would be a good time to cash in on that number you got from that one person at that bar in Tokyo. Or just use Google translator.

#3. A Hammock…That’s a Bathtub…and Carbon Fiber. This Christmas, Get Ready for a Whole Lot of Elegance. Let’s be honest, bubble baths can be fun. As long as no one knows about it, you’re pretty much all for them (don’t deny it – you knicked your wife’s/girlfriend’s lavender scented bubble bath that one time she was visiting family)…but sliding into a tub as if you’re in a Celine Dion music video just feels weird. Sliding into a hammock with an Old Fashioned in one hand and the remote to your stereo in the other? Much bettter. Which is why Splinter Works UK thought up the brilliant idea to make a bathtub, in the shape of a hammock. I like to call it a Hathtub…or Bammock, I’m still deciding. Splinter Works calls it Vessel – much sexier. This is probably a good gift for an anniversary – or yourself. Whichever way the wind blows. Your choice.

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#2. Luxury Speed Bags – Kill Spencer. Boxing Just Earned Its “Sophistication” Badge. You can thank Kill Spencer for that. Hand crafted out of Los Angeles by a small team of professionals, you can get fit with the whole Boxing Kit which includes a steel pyramid frame, stainless steel swivel, and a supple, aesthetically pleasing, supple leather speed bag. Because sometimes, man made materials just don’t cut it – even when you’re punching the crap out of something. Knuckles need love, too.

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…and Now, for #1 on the List, Drum Roll Please…

……

………

….*Drum Roll*….

Safety Never Looked So Dapper.

#1. With Money, Comes Occupational Hazards…and With Occupational Hazards, Comes Bulletproof Suits. Because The Price of a Life is: Priceless. That’s what the guys at Garrison Bespoke believe. They also believe that albeit life being priceless, that’s no excuse for fashion to suffer or be sacrificed. So they rolled back their sleeves and came up with the ultimate challenge in tailoring, making their clients feel like real “James Bond” types – with custom fitted, painstakingly tailored 3 piece suits that protect all the vital organs the human body has and more. With the capability to stop .22, 9mm, and .45 bullets. The best part? It doesn’t feel like you’re lugging around an extra person on your body. So you can feel safe, and stylish. Here, take these aviators…that’ll complete the “look”.

Michael Nguyen showing off the bullet proof suit and bullet holes made during a test run in Toronto.

Michael Nguyen showing off the bullet proof suit and bullet holes made during a test run in Toronto.

Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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“I know of…

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Louis Nizer had it right. When you’re willing to push forward albeit all odds seeming as if they are stacked against you…it’s in that moment, that you have officially sealed your fate for success.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

 

Musings Episode 38: Perfection…

Hey guys, thought I’d have a change of scenery today so writing this episodic musing from the beach:

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Hope your weekend’s are going well.

This past week a lot of progress has been made – for one, my official site has been COMPLETELY revamped giving it a nice new look with added features – go ahead and check it out.

In celebration, I’ll be giving away a free gift starting tomorrow that will run all week – be sure to head over and find it in tomorrow’s Make it Mondays post at 11:00 A.M. EST and get it before it’s too late. After Saturday December 21st it will no longer be available.

Second of all, I’m in the making of creating some great podcasts for you guys and will be adding another, special post to my arsenal – it starts Saturday, and will be posted up on the official site as well.

Thirdly – and this mostly has to do with health & fitness, I’ve been putting together this new year’s package for all my fitness clients who’ve been with me for more than one year. I think it’s gonna be a great gift and Christ knows they deserve it, they’ve worked hard and have gone through a lot of transitions to be proud of, and still continue to reach their ideal goals – their own little versions of “perfection”.

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Let’s linger on that last bit for a minute – perfection.

I used to love this word. In fact I still quite often use it in my vocabulary. While some people treat it with great disdain I embrace it, and have done so for many years – but within those years have learned that it takes on a whole different meaning than what’s in the dictionary.

Usually, what does perfect mean? To be flawless. Spotless. To never err. To be complete.

Anyone ever seen that movie Tron: Legacy? I believe I talked about this in an earlier post, the beginning of this year. Anyway, if you have seen the movie there’s a part near the very end where Flynn and CLU are battling it out, and right when CLU has (Kevin) Flynn where he wants him, says this:

CLU cries out to Kevin: “I took the system to its maximum potential. I created the perfect system!”

Kevin Flynn: “The thing about perfection is that it’s unknowable. It’s impossible, but it’s also right in front of us, all the time. You wouldn’t know that because I didn’t, when I created you… I’m sorry, CLU… I’m sorry.”

That’s the key point. Right there. Perfection is unknowable – it can be staring you right in the face and you may not even realize it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t cease going after being the best person you can be. Nor am I saying being content is what you want to aim for.

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The key word Flynn used is UNKNOWABLE.

In saying this, perfection can be ATTAINABLE in some sense, if you put it into the right perspective. You can build a vision of your idealistic you, and label it as perfect – not to society’s standards, not to your friends or parents standards, but to you.

Pushing towards and taking the actions to become a better, idealized you, with various goals and milestones, can indeed be looked at as some form of perfection – in your eyes. The same way the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” that exact logic can be applied to perfection – perfection, in effect, is in the eye of the beholder.

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If you’re looking for self-perfection, and have a firm belief and understanding of what or who you would ideally like to be and identify yourself with as a person, then the only human being that has the right to mark that as perfect is you.

This doesn’t mean perfection is the goal – but what the goal has potential to become when achieved. This doesn’t mean contentment is wrong – but if you have potential to be better and do more you by all means should.

You’re born to be the best you can be – and by striving for that, when the time comes to leave this earth, you can say that you died living…and it was a good life.

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So this week, think up a few ways in which you already feel perfect – then improve the aspects of yourself that you see need polishing. If you’ve already got a thought or two bouncing around in your head, share and comment below.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

 

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